- General Internist practicing in Jackson, Mississippi
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Apology Tour Begin!
November 12, 2012 11:41AM
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September 29, 2012 08:44PM
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September 28, 2012 04:48PM
- Mahler's Fifth
September 26, 2012 05:37PM
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January 18, 2010 10:02AM
- “I thought about Haiti
when I posted this. But I had
written most of it
January 18, 2010 09:57AM
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January 14, 2010 12:38AM
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is something called the Stark
which is supposed to
December 31, 2009 08:38PM
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Nepotism. It’s a word in the dictionary, I swear; and people used to consider it an insult. It means using family connections to get jobs, usually at the expense of those poor bastards not lucky enough to be conceived in the back seat of a Rolls Royce. At least, back in… Read full post »
While reading through the November 15th issue of American Family Physician, I happened across a peculiar advertisement. Neither a pharmaceutical nor a medical product ad, it had political overtones, and thus seemed oddly out of place. It stopped me because its subject was a topic of particular… Read full post »
Two years ago, in its relentless drive to deliver always the low price, Wal-mart rolled out its now famous $4 drug plan. The approach was simple – all Wal-mart pharmacies nationwide would offer a slate of generic drugs for $4 cash. Though the plan was straightforward and seemed benefici… Read full post »
This may seem peculiar, but one of my fondest-but-craziest
desires after this long presidential campaign is to see Barack
Obama appoint John McCain to his cabinet.
Before anyone readies the flame mail, hear me out. This idea first crossed my mind as I watched McCain give his concession speech. It was… Read full post »
I’m going to go out on a limb and admit that I am anti-abortion. Nor do I mind using the term anti-abortion instead of pro-life. Pro-life means nothing to me. Everyone likes life, just as we are all pro-money and pro-sunshine. Call me anti-abortion as you like, but in return… Read full post »
On October 15, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reported an odd fact about Mississppi absentee ballots -- you can't mail one in with a single 42 cent stamp. This, it turns out, is because the envelope the state provides for voters to mail in their ballots is larger than the standard first… Read full post »
On Friday, John McCain got acquainted with British philosophy. The educational moment occurred at a political rally, well known now, when McCain was twice confronted by questioners who were buying into the Obama-is-a traitor argument to a degree unanticipated by McCain command control. The first que… Read full post »
Random thoughts on the debate.....
Overall, I think Biden won the debate on points, but Palin at least appeared to hold her own. Voters who were predisposed to vote Republican will feel more comfortable in doing so now. So overall, Palin stopped the bleeding more than Biden advanced his cause.… Read full post »
Today Wachovia is going down. One more of the top ten banks in the nation, in the dust bin with all the others -- Bear Stearns, Lehman, Washington Mutual, Countrywide. I get this sinking feeling that, as bad as I think things are, they are actually worse than that.
Which is… Read full post »
On my way to work today, I noticed an odd thing – no American flags flying. Not a single one anywhere. I live in rural Mississippi, the Bible belt, home to some of the most conservative people anywhere in the United States. So it was genuinely surprising to see, in a… Read full post »
In the morning, we got a call from Lara Gold, the wife of one of my partners in our St. Bernard medical practice. After many despairing hours she had gotten in touch with her husband, Tom Gold, who had made it through the storm alive. He told her what had happened… Read full post »
I'm the type of guy the Republicans could have if they really tried. I live in the South, the reddest of Red Country. I am Catholic and anti-abortion, like low taxes, and tend to agree with Jefferson's statement: "That government is best that governs least." I don't trust political do-gooders, and… Read full post »
Late morning. It had to be late; we hadn't gotten to Baton Rouge until 3 am. Following the pattern of the entire week, the news on Thursday was worse than the day before, just as the day before had been worse than the day before that. The Morial Convention Center was… Read full post »
I’m not having nightmares these days, but I’m not
exactly sure why not.
When it comes to traumatic events like Katrina, usually everything is fine on a day-to-day basis until there is a trigger, and then it all comes back. Saturday, I felt just such a trigger.
I was driving home in the… Read full post »
We devoted Wednesday morning to getting our smashed car window repaired. The dealership was busy, and we waited several hours for the mechanics to finish the job. In the waiting room all the televisions were tuned to Katrina coverage. Unfortunately, as the other customers watched they talked ab… Read full post »
Tuesday was the beginning of the nightmare. Monday was expected — a terrible storm landed and there was great damage. Tuesday was supposed to be the Day After, the day to hear about heroic rescues, damage assessments, and assurances that we were back on the path to normality. That is not… Read full post »
This whole town does look like whatever hope becomes after it begins to weary a little, then weary a little more. But hope deferred is still hope. I love this town. I think sometimes of going into the ground here as a last wild gesture of love —… Read full post »
This is the third of my series of eight posts on my experiences with Hurricane Katrina. Please see the August 26th post to start from the beginning.
Six thirty AM I was awakened by the sound of hammering. George and Juan were back, boarding up the window directly above the… Read full post »
This is a continuation of my personal account of my experiences with Hurricane Katrina. To see the first entry in this series, please see yesterday's post.
On the morning of the 27th things were rapidly changing, but I was not yet aware of that. The first item in my Saturday… Read full post »
One year after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, I commemorated the occasion by writing a history of my personal experiences immediately before and following the storm. I have revised this account for Katrina's third anniversary, and am publishing it here.
For the next 7 days, I will publish m… Read full post »
On Tuesday, July 29, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback issued the following public statement regarding the Beijing Olympics:
The Chinese government has put in place a system to spy on and gather information about every guest at hotels where Olympic visitors are staying. This means journalists, athletes' f… Read full post »
If you have to die, you might as well die at a time convenient for your doctor.
I was at home in my usual state when I am on call -- in my ottoman in front of the TV, my cell phone on the right armrest, beeper on the left. Since… Read full post »
Sometimes, I imagine an alternative universe where nice things happen. Not a perfect world; I am not naive enough to dream of a world without poverty and greed and disease. Just a world where people do little things within their power to make difficult situations a bit better. Like… Read full post »